It was tough sledding for Young Sam Rothstein last weekend. I got burned like a charcoal briquette on the 4th of July. All the home teams covered in convincing fashion and I ended up looking like the 3rd member of the dumb and dumber cast. 1 for 4 is acceptable if you're a shortstop playing AA ball in Albuquerque, but not for a world renowned sportsbook expert. This weekend will be different however. Dreams will be shattered and order will be restored. Unlike the stock analysts in Boiler Room I'm going to get you your money back. Here are the golden picks for the weekend.
New Orleans -3 1/2 over San Francisco. If Vegas is giving points on the road to a lower seed it means they don't have a whole lot of confidence in the 49ers. Me either. Alex Smith is a good game manager, but Drew Brees is a playmaker. This one will get ugly.
Green Bay -7 1/2 over New York. At first glance this spread looks a little high until you consider Green Bay has been at home for a month (the last two regular season games were at Lambeau Field). The Packers are rested and healthy which means the Giants are going to get carved up like a Thanksgiving turkey.
Baltimore -7 1/2 over Houston. The bye week did wonders for the Ravens defense that's about to face a rookie quarterback. Houston will struggle in the cold weather and Arian Foster won't look like a runaway locomotive. Ravens by 10.
New England -13 1/2 over Denver. After this weekend Tebow World will look like Wally World, shut down for construction. Tom Brady taped a picture of Tim Tebow to his locker this week for extra motivation. He's tired of the Media talking about this goofball and disrespecting his legacy. Bill Belichick has had two weeks to prepare for the Broncos and that's too much time. Patriots in a rout.